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I love being on the water. It's so
special from all the other
tournaments. For me here, it's
always been a goal of mine. I have
obviously achieved it. Nothing beats
the feeling when you hear your name.
Walking out on the
floor and you feel like a total rock
star, getting out there, wow. I
don't know how you get used to that.
Those are the moments I appreciate
and cherish. It's also what I have
worked for so hard. I'm glad I got
through the first match.
Dimitrov opens its account.
important for me to put myself out
there. Do better than my previous
match. And every day I go out there
and do something a little better. I
will go out there, put myself out
there and give 100%.
That's a cool way to arrive for the
ATP World Tour Finals. Not
struggling through the Blackwall
tunnel for Grigor Dimitrov. He's up
against David Goffin today, the
victor over Rafa Nadal.
for my card, you were so rude in it!
If people only knew what you were
really like. I thought she was so
nice, that girl!
You haven't seen
the present yet! Save that for
later. And Dimitrov there, he gets
the media. He gives of himself and
we get to know his personality.
much so. This event, he has taken a
few years to get here. He has shown
promise, had an unfair labelling as
the next Federer. Now he is playing
proper tennis and his first match
here against Dominic Thiem, he did
well to get through because he
served the match at 5-4 in the
third, lost his serve and was able
to break again and finished it off.
They both had really impressive
first matches. The way the round
robin format works, it's all to play
How beautiful is this
match is going to be today, the way
these guys play?
I love the way
David Goffin plays, a little guy,
but moves the ball around. He is
making history for his country on
the male side. We have had Kim
Clijsters who has been around for
many years. Both players like to
showcase their talent on the court
and I think it will be an attractive
match. If Tim Henman here picks
Goffin to win this, then I will take
another capacity of him because I
will go Dimitrov.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Ladies and gentlemen, playing his
first season finale. Winner of seven
ATP world tour titles, from
Bulgaria, Grigor Dimitrov.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
STUDIO: You left that hanging, Tim,
but you said you think David Goffin
will win the match. Having beaten
world number one Rafa Nadal, even
though he was just on one leg for
about a set and a half.
when we were talking about the
matchup between Jack Sock and Marin
Cilic, I thought it was a 50-50
match and it was always going to be
pretty tired. I think Cilic should
have come through the match but he
didn't. I think this is another
50-50 match. Looking at their
head-to-head, I think Goffin will
have taken confidence from the
victory of an adult and playing this
event for the first time, he will
fancy his chances. I can see both
sides of the coin. -- his victory
You are relentlessly
wrong all the time, but your logic
is perfect. I think Dimitrov has a
bit too much firepower. When he
plays with confidence in front of
all these people, I think he will
embrace his opportunity. Any win
gets into to the semifinals. I think
he has too much firepower. We see,
but I think it'll be a looking
Dimitrov is a great showman.
He has embraced the concept of the
atmosphere. He played exceptionally
well in his first match.
He did. Had
some near misses with this event.
Had a qualifier, players missing out
with injury this year, it was a good
opportunity for a lot of guys. He
has stepped up and played good
tennis recently. You reflect on the
first round match against Dominic
Thiem. It was a good win. And to get
your first victory in the
round-robin format it bodes well for
We have Sue helping with the
coin toss. A quick photo.
Well done with the coin toss to Sue.
We saw Grigor Dimitrov riding on the
boat for that match and on that
journey he was joined by Jonathan
This is the way to travel,
Every day, we get on the
boat and it feels so nice. It
reminds me a little bit of home. I
love being on the water.
And all the
other tournaments it's car, car,
more cars and a bit of walking. But
anything at all like this?
Nothing like this. I have
been many times on the river out
here and every time I have loved it,
but going to practice this way, it's
pretty fancy when you think about
Let's talk about the tennis. How
did you feel when Rafa Nadal
announced he was heading back?
most looking forward to playing
against Rafa, I'm not going to lie.
I was ready to play that, this
match, but things don't always go
the way you plan. It's sad to see
him go. It's not an easy sport, it's
hard on your body. But your moment
comes around sometimes.
This is a
huge match in your group now, you
against David Goffin.
He has been
playing so well, especially towards
the end of the year. I don't look at
it that way. I'm just excited to get
out on the court and perform. It's
important for me to put myself out
there and try to be better than my
previous match. This is one of my
main goals, even when I am off the
tournament, to come out every day
and do something a little bit
better. I will come out, put myself
out there and give 100%. Follow my
instinct and follow my game and go
on from there.
STUDIO: Not giving
much away there. Taking it one match
at a time. He's had a fabulous year.
Winning at Brisbane, getting through
to the semis in Australia and
winning Cincinnati. Some big
breakthroughs for him.
right. This has been a transforming
year. When he started working with
Danny he was down to number 40 in
the world and we thought, how is
that possible for a guy of this much
ability? I think Danny has brought a
lot of structure to the way he has
practised, the way he has trained in
the gym. He has been able to take
that form to the match court and has
been so much more consistent. The
way he started the year with
Brisbane and the Australian Open and
then rounding it off with a Masters
1000 win in Cincinnati. He's back in
the top ten where he deserves to be.
With the round robin format we have
in the finals, we get to the
situation where we start looking at
who can get through to the
semifinals. With the permutations,
Tim, all yours.
simplest way to explain things, if
Dimitrov wins he will be through to
the semifinals. Goffin needs a
straight sets win to get his place,
otherwise he will have to wait until
the result tonight's match.
that's easy. It's three
combinations, simple to understand.
Over the course of the rest of the
week it can get extremely
It did get complicated
with Rafa Nadal withdrawing from the
tournament. Pablo Carreno Busta is
coming in to replace him. Goffin is
one of the best movers on the tour.
The big thing to watch out for
today, from the back of the court,
when they get into their rallies,
how well Goffin strikes down the
line. That's the way he likes to
attack. He will come into the net to
finish the ball. Not a massive
serve, but a good location server.
The attack down the line, if he
finds that than he has a chance of
winning this. But the head to head
is not in his favour. But he took
his country to the Davis Cup final
twice and is a wonderful player.
is five foot 11 and he weighs 68
Have you been putting him on
Compare to the others,
Marin Cilic is the heaviest of the
eight, 89 kilos. Having a laugh with
Gilles Simon, the next person in the
top ten under 70 kilos. Kei
Nishikori, he's 75 kilos. He is a
He is, but the way he
covers the court I think is part of
that. He's not the biggest guy so
will not have the biggest weapons
compared to the other top ten
players. You know he has to be
incredibly efficient and fast with
his movement. The changes direction
with the ball very well and gives
very little away. A very good
competitor. I think that was evident
when he played Rafa Nadal,
irrespective of how Nadal was
feeling. When he had match point in
the second set, he didn't take them,
didn't get flustered, stuck in there
in the third and got the win. With
both guys winning their first match
there is a lot to play for here and
it adds to the excitement.
does. If you are a kid watching
this, these are two players you
could really learn from. Great role
models on how to play the game.
Solid technique. I think the
majority points will be played from
the baseline, as is the case these
days. I think Dimitrov will look to
be more offensive. He is more
proactive. It's whether he can be
aggressive and keep the unforced
error count down. With Goffin's
footwork and speed, sometimes when
you are being aggressive and the
ball comes back, you get closer to
the line. That's an unforced errors
We just saw Danny there.
Everybody has been crying out for
Dimitrov do have somebody in his
camp, but he has been looking for
somebody to gel with.
The pieces of
the puzzle have always been there
for Dimitrov, but it's how he puts
them together. His game, he's
technically sound, a great athlete,
trains and competes hard, but you
have to have an understanding of how
you play to your strengths. That has
been the turning point for him this
year, he has looked aggressive and
offensive at the right times. He can
stay in rallies. The match against
Dominic Thiem was an example of
Will you go and get the kettle
My track record has been
poor, to say the least. But I am
going to go with Goffin. It will be
interesting to watch.
Tim, thank you
very much. Over to the birthday boy.
COMMENTATOR: Thank you very much was
that there is a cake in here and I
am so pleased about it. I will keep
quiet, eat the cake and enjoy what
could be a very exciting tennis bat.
Victory for Dimitrov will take him
through to the semifinals. For
Goffin, victory in straight sets
will see him through. A victory in
three and we will have to do some
mathematics. But let's enjoy the
tennis. UMPIRE: Ready for play,
first set, Dimitrov to serve.
Dimitrov came to the net 25 times in
his first-round match, winning 21 of
the points. When you have a ratio
like that, I really think you could
look to get in a little bit more.
For me, it's been a real common
theme of this event this year, the
quality of matches from the first
point onwards has been so good.
There is no easing your way in and
finding a rhythm. It is sixth gear
from the word go.
A great match last night with
Zverev, the 20 year rolled against
Roger Federer. Three sets. I thought
the first two sets were spectacular.
Tim, you talk about the numbers and
analysis. Sometimes there is
paralysis by analysis. Sometimes
there are too many numbers around
each individual point and how you
structure each individual time is
lost in a haze of numbers. But the
backhand placement is a case in
point here. The coaches, one of
their jobs now is to look at the
information and to glean little bits
and tell their man. Certainly Danny
will have spoken to Dimitrov about
the ratio of getting to the net.
Very much so. It's like we have
tried to explain with the statistics
we get during the broadcast.
brilliant with them.
There are good ones, bad ones,
relevant ones and not so relevant
ones. But when you see Dimitrov's
technique at the net, he should get
them all. -- get there more.
If you could change your pick for
the winner of this match, would you
change it now?
Yes. Six points gone
and 5-1 down.
But I'm not going to.
83 mile an hour second serve. That's
going to get the job done. Not these
days. That's one area I think both
players can be looking to attack.
Dimitrov's second serve can get a
Lovely improvisation from the
Belgian player. Just slowed the ball
down. Had to get his feet into
position and adjust. The forehand
instead of the backhand, as he
overran. Still facing two break
Mr Goffin challenging the
call. The ball was called out.
was close, but I think it's just
That's massive from Dimitrov as he
Good matchplay from
Dimitrov. Asking the question. Got
the break points, got the short
ball. Not the best approach, but
when you are down 15-40 on your own
serve early in the match, it's not
always easy to hit great passing
Goffin could have gone down
the line on that one. Pulled it
Played one of the matches of the
year at the Australian Open. The
coaching, training and physio camp
there, Dani Vallverdu on the
right-hand side. It was an amazing
way for the tennis year to start.
The Australian Open often produces
Do you think that's because the
players come out so fresh after the
Playing well, really, really well.
Going in and closing. Anything above
the height of the net is getting the
treatment. Technique looks so solid
as well. Completely pumped with lots
of support from the Bulgarian fans.
Lots of Bulgarian flags, anyway.
This is the afternoon offering. The
third day. This is how he closed out
the game and has capitalised on the
break of serve. So often compared to
Roger Federer, but those comparisons
are disappearing now. He is his own
man, 26 years of age. He certainly
looks up to Federer, but he has
these guys in his sights. He wants
Grand Slam titles himself. Last
night, the great man himself, Roger
Federer in action. This was match
point against Alex Clare. It
finished on a double fault. --
against Alex Zverev. Could so easily
have been a match that Zverev won. I
think I saw something in Sascha
Zverev last night that I know a lot
of people have seen, but he really
does look like the real deal, as we
celebrate another Federer victory to
guarantee his semifinal place.
certainly is the real deal. Already
number three in the world. He has
played some great tennis. The area
he will improve on as he matures is
his overall consistency. Played some
great tennis in the first game and
was up 4-0 in the first set
tie-break. He had opportunities.
Federer was erratic from his point
He couldn't get on the
front foot as much as he would like.
Might have been two or 3% less sharp
than other times. But his
frustration was evident from early
in the match. He looks testy.
grumpy. It happens as you get older,
What would you know?
If you can't get on the front foot
and you Roger Federer, that tells
you something about the opposition,
My man in this match is struggling
to get the front foot. Only the
fourth point Goffin has won.
Impressive from Dimitrov.
It's difficult when you get off to
start like this in a match and you
don't a big weapon to go to. -- you
don't have a big weapon to go to.
You want and need a couple of cheap
points to get your side of the
David Goffin, 55
victories on tour this year. First
couple of titles in more than two
years as well, victories in Shenzhen
Even if this first set doesn't go
his way, he actually has more wins
in deciding set this season than any
other player. 21 times he has gone
to a decider and won it. Winning 21
and losing five. That's very
impressive, over three and five
Peter Djokovic in Monte Carlo. Beats
Nadal here. Although the port right
knee of Nadal playing a role. --
The first double fault of the match.
It is amazing how quickly this can
turn around. It looks like one-way
traffic for Dimitrov and it is, if
Goffin holds on here and a couple of
early points in a Dimitrov service
game, it can quickly come back.
you trying to be nice to me? Put the
What a point! Fantastic.
A good job this court has got a big
Not even that go fast a strike could
help Goffin there.
Changing the direction of his
attack. He is a player that likes to
go down the line. 7.5 minutes of
this second service game for the
He hasn't found the range down the
That's unlucky and the pressure
tells from Dimitrov who might have
wrapped up the first set with that
second break 4-0. You don't want to
take your foot off the gas even at
4-0 against somebody like Goffin,
but that's a great start from the
Bulgarian and really insightful
stuff. It will turn round, old boy.
It's your birthday, I had to give
you the first choice.
chapped? Whatever I say.
Well, absolutely one-way traffic.
Well, it can't go on like this, but
Federer against Murray the other
year when it was 5-0, that was a
duffing that continued for quite
sometime. And to Murray's credit he
came back and actually played
exhibition a couple of days after
that. Federer pailed out and had to
play Wawrinka that marathon. Just 24
minutes of play here and this is a
first qualification at the season
ending championship for Grigor
Dimitrov, three victories on tour
this year. He started by winning
Brisbane over Nishikori. He carried
on his great form into the
Australian Open and lost in five
sets to Rafa Nadal. Up to a career
high of number six and he won in
Bulgaria, beating the man he is
playing today, David Goffin and then
there was the ATP Masters 1,000
series, he won in Cincinnati and
beat Nick Kyrgios and really a year
of maturity for Dimitrov. He's a
grown-up now. I mean that advisedly.
The first few years out on the tour,
you couldn't say that about him. He
was going hell for leather, but now
you feel it's about the tennis.
Dimitrov's intensity is impressive.
He knows he made a great start. He
doesn't want to give Goffin any
chance to settle in this match.
That's pretty embarrassing when it
happens to you like this, when you
can't pick up a game. Even when the
effort is clearly there and there
has been decent tennis from Goffin
at times, but it does feel a bit
embarrassing. You want the court to
swallow you up.
Well, there we go!
Simply magnificent. 27 minutes and
that included the second Goffin
service game of eight minutes. Very,
very impressive from Dimitrov. I
have to say Goffin will be
embarrassed at the moment, but he
must fight back and show the resolve
that he has shown all year. He
certainly should not be embarrassed
with the year he has had making the
final eight. In fact he beat Rafa
Nadal two days ago, I know he was
injured, but when you have had a
duffing like that in the first-half
an hour or so, you have got to
change things up somehow, haven't
He has got to show resilience
and the maturity not to panic. He is
only down one set. But there is no
doubt the early part of the second
set is going to be vitally important
for him to get some sort of foothold
in the match. The scary thing for
Goffin is that in the first set,
Dimitrov only made 36% of first
serves, but he still has only
dropped two points on his serve.
And every little contest in that
first set was one by Dimitrov. When
Goffin missed his first serve, the
points on second serve, that Goffin
played, he won just one of those. It
tells you everything you need to
know really about halfs winning from
the back of the court. This is where
the next generals could really make
a difference to this match. If you
were having a little whisper in
David's ear now and you were
coaching him, what would you say?
Forget about that first set.
Or, "Come on, laddie, I've had a bet
He has got to stick to his
guns. Plan A to dictate from the
baseline and not make unforced
errors. He has got to do it better
in the second set.
I think when he
gets a look at second serve and he
had a few, he has got to be alert
and try and be offensive. Get
himself on the front foot.
than let Dimitrov dictating.
And it's a funny thing. A lot of
people will say in tennis, it can be
a bit dangerous when you win a set
6-0 and I don't know why people say
that, but I understand what they
So when they say that, what do they
mean and why?
It is just sometimes
when you won a set 6-0, it is
sometimes difficult to maintain that
dominance. Obviously your opponent
is really looking to try and turn
the tide. A lot of times you see in
the results a person that wins a set
6-0 loses the next set. I'm
clutching at strews.
-- straws. I know what you mean. If
anything goes wrong from 6-0, if
that wonderful that's taken you
through the match, if that flow
stops for a second, it can be a real
shock to the system. It doesn't look
like it's going to happen at this
point from Dimitrov.
That's only the first ace for
Dimitrov. He has not got the job
done with aces, but just well placed
serves. Fire power from the back of
Very uncomfortable for a really
strong player, David Goffin. I love
watching him play. He came up
through the futures and the
challengers. On the challengers
circuit, he won four tournaments in
a row. He was somebody, I felt when
he was 100, 120 in the world he was
going to rise quickly and he did. He
took his country to two Divis Cup
finals against France this year.
played Federer at Roland Garros.
qualified and I think made fourth
He had a lot of chances in
that round. It was one of the first
chances I saw him play and I was
mightily impressed, but he needs to
turn something around here pretty
This is a massive game for
him. He must win this.
There is nothing he can't
The coach to Goffin. He might be the
coach for another half an hour if he
doesn't start picking up a few
Oh dear. Come on. Keep going. He
doesn't have any big serves or
massive ones that you feel he could
just power his way to one game
without thinking, but more pressure.
Wow. This is perfection from
Dimitrov. It really is.
Cruising to the semi-finals on
Sue asked me back to the
studio after this match, can you
tell her I'm busy? I've got another
appointment that just cropped up!
Don't worry I'm going to mangle you
before you get there!
I just feel sorry for Goffin at this
point, you do feel it, when the
crowd start oohing and ahing.
That's the problem in this day and
age and certainly for a player like
Goffin who is a fantastic player,
top ten in the world for a reason,
Plan B, what is Plan B? Is there a
Plan B? He's not someone that can
suddenly start chipping and
charging, serving and volleying.
Getting so few opportunities from
OK, that's some light in the
darkness for Goffin.
So, this is as rare as hen's teeth.
This is a break point for Goffin. A
chance for him to salvage some pride
out of the ashes of his predictions.
That didn't last long.
Well, it's a real shame for Goffin.
He had a single break point there
and he's striking the ball generally
pretty well. Just absolutely been
played off the court. It turns into
a bit of embarrassment, but we
should celebrate the Dimitrov
performance. The Bulgarians can't
get enough of him. He has won Sports
Person of the Year. He realised he
had to get out and to improve
himself he went to the south Sanchez
Academy. So from an early age he has
been travelling and it toughened him
up, but he has been out there for
ten years as a professional, but we
are seeing a different sort of
Dimitrov than we have seen before,
He's normally associated with
the flamboyant shot making ability,
but here he has been so good
mentally, he has been so intense. He
had no let ups and given his
opponent so little to hold on to and
it's an uncomfortable position, nine
games in a row and without a major
weapon, a big serve to get three
points. It's very difficult to see
how Goffin can get back into it.
Thinking of those people stars that
made, I'm really into Stevie Wonder
at the moment, they have got great
music. It is not as loud as it was
on the first day or two. Thinking
about the football stars.
Dimitrov 3-0 up second set.
Did Roger beat Gastro in the Tour
You looked that up!
This is amazing. Oh boy, poor old
You know he did and I don't know
what year it was, in Shanghai, I am
being told. I will save you the
trouble of poking your phone!
How do you beat Gaudio 11-0?
And if he was playing that badly, it
would be fine, but it's not that
Federer's was in the semis.
Ridiculous. This guy who is about to
lose zero and zero maybe, beats
Nadal on Monday.
Make an effort, Dimitrov! For! Just
charging after everything. The first
piece of court coverage was this.
Slid into this, was off and running
again. Thought he was able to pick
Yes. This is going to be a big roar
if you can pump another server in
Never a good feeling when you
get sympathetic applause, but it's
good when you hear it.
the start of the comeback.
Yes! Game on. It took 48 minutes to
put his foot on the first step. It's
only one break.
Here we go.
Irrespective of the score and
irrespective of his performance,
Goffin has stayed pretty
level-headed. It would be easy to
throw his toys out of the pram.
The grin on your face.
birthday, I can't get more generous
than this. Do you want to change
I wouldn't do it for many
people, but I am prepared, if you
want to change.
I will stick with it
now, but come back to me in ten
minutes. Keep the offer open. I have
to consult the committee. He's got a
coaching violation! And that's a
little bit odd.
Just leave it, he's
The coach told you to use
your forehand. You might not have
heard it, but he did.
You feel like
you are being informed upon by
somebody in the class who has gone
to the teacher when that happens.
It's really irritating. It's
annoying if you get a code violation
when you don't even hear what the
coach said, and the line judge did.
Where does the encouragement that he
is giving now, where to step in,
what's the difference with that?
your forehand is pretty clear-cut.
Step in, that's pretty clear.
your feet, it's a tough one.
I don't like it, the line judges
taking it upon themselves to sneak
to the teacher.
You would let it
You were so good in
school, nothing would bother you.
don't think school has much to do
with it, but you do get grumpy.
doesn't take much.
I think Greg Dimitrov has handled it
Greg Orton Greg
Dani Vallverdu, he used to be with
Tomas Berdych. A bit of to do down
there. Do you remember that? Murray
against Berdych, because he was with
Murray for so long.
Challenging the call on the right
baseline. The ball was called out.
It's this fella on the line. Put him
under the spotlight here. Go and
tell on your player, will you? You
know what, fair enough.
He's on his
game, this guy.
Did he just gulp?
said, never in doubt.
I think he has
a guilty looking face.
This is getting close.
is unable to get through this game,
you will have had a pretty rotten 12
or 13 minutes in self.
Heavy, flat approach shot. If that's
what this is. Belted into the
corner. It's going through this
surface quite a bit quicker than
I think that fist was over to his
coach. But not exactly sure. Could
have been over at the line judge. He
was only doing his job. We are just
having a bit of fun. The coach is
not allowed on court. Grigor
Dimitrov has had a number of coaches
over the years. In-store tomorrow on
Roger Federer free from the shackles
of waiting to find out if he has
qualified or not. Some freelancing
for Roger Federer, enjoying himself
against Marin Cilic. A repeat of the
Wimbledon final for the O2 crowd.
With Alex Zverev later on in the
evening playing for second position
against Jack Sock. That should be
entertaining. Dimitrov has had a
number of coaches over the years.
Seems to have settled with Dani
Vallverdu. Has had a number of
coaches including the taskmaster
Australian Rodger Rashid. Before
that there was Mouratoglou. Before
that was Peter McNamara, who was
disappointed to lose him as Dimitrov
became an adult. 18 years of age.
Peter Lundgren at the beginning. And
also Franco Davin.
He lists that as his favourite shot,
the backhand down the line. Feels
great for a single-handed to get
hold of one of those. Seeing the
ball so well.
That's nicely done.
Variation. Nothing wrong with it,
Is this a slight fake?
Brilliant shot from Dimitrov. A
solid return to get the ball back so
deep from Goffin, but stepping in on
the half-volley. Nudging it down the
It looked a bit wide, didn't it?
Outside edge, if anything, you would
have thought. Wide indeed. Your
eyesight is better than your
What a waste. That will make a play
Second serve return, he has
to be aggressive. At this stage of
the match he has to be aggressive
and make it.
After a struggle, completing the
comfortable, turning up, a set
anti-do. Going back to that Federer
and Zverev match, we have seen a lot
of good matches this week, but the
work of the physical coaches often
goes unnoticed. Jez Green is getting
Alex Zverev to put weight on
gradually. They reckon it's a two or
three-year process. Noticeable
yesterday that Zverev is much
stronger than he was. I want to
salute the good work of Jez and
those trainers. You can't just do it
in a few weeks. It takes time.
you have to grow into your body
naturally. He's six foot six. You
don't want to rush that process. He
is stronger in his legs. As he
matures and grows into his body, he
will put on some good weight. Muscle
mass, helping with his endurance,
movement and injury prevention.
Another step on the way to becoming
one of the best players if not the
best player in the world at one
They do have specific goals
on how they want to accumulate that
weight. It remains to be seen where
the defending champion and former
world number one Andy Murray will be
when he tries to come back in about
six weeks or so. That'll be at
Brisbane ahead of the Australian
Open. We hope he's OK. No word about
his hip, apart from glorified
silence. You don't hear much.
keeps his cards close to his chest
and rightly so. He's working very
hard. He was in Scott and for his
charity foundation event against
Federer and we all like to think
he's moving in the right direction.
-- he was in Scotland.
We go back a couple of days and
Dimitrov had some trouble serving
out the match against Dominic Thiem.
Lost his serve. You sense from his
intensity here that he is keen to
finish off without going through
At the other end of the court,
Goffin will appreciate he has been
given a lesson up to this point, but
he still wants Dimitrov to serve it
That was a point for the semifinals
on debut for Dimitrov. Expect the
nerves to be jangling a little bit
for the Bulgarian. Well done to
Goffin, still hanging in there.
A second semifinal point for
Dimitrov. One hour and 12 minutes
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
At the third time of asking, Grigor
Dimitrov with the forehand down the
line to complete a comprehensive
victory. One hour and 14 in the end.
The third match point. Dimitrov gets
the job done. He's into the
semifinals at the ATP Tour finals.
And this is what it means to him.
It's wonderful, really. We have seen
him in London, ever since Chris, the
boss of the ATP Tour, gave him a
wildcard and gave him criticism for
it, at Queen's Club. He won that
event. A semifinalist at Wimbledon
and the Australian Open. As now at
least a semifinalist here in London.
Well done to him. David Goffin lives
to fight another day. He could still
go through from the group. He has
beaten Rafa Nadal this week,
although that's thrashing will have
hurt him. Let's hope he bounces back
and realise is that these things can
We have seen some wonderful matches
this week. The Zverev and Federer
encounter last night was wonderful.
The Nadal and Goffin match was
wonderful. As was Cilic against Sock
yesterday afternoon. There is an
awful lot more to come this week. We
hope you are enjoying it. This one
wasn't spectacular, very one-sided.
The excellent tennis was coming from
Dimitrov. It's a new Dimitrov at 26
years of age. The best is yet to
come, I think, from Dimitrov. A very
strong performance. We should find
out what he made of that
performance. He's talking to
Well played, that was a
masterclass out here. You were on
fire. Give your thoughts on that
I'm just thinking right
now, as soon as it finished, you get
a fair few days out of the year that
whatever you touch turns to gold. I
think today, that was the first set
for sure. You have days like that,
simple as that. But I work for those
days. It's very nice when they come
on such an occasion. I'm very
humbled to win that match. I just
wanted to come out and compete
today. Again, very grateful. It's
just a special win for me. We have
played quite a few times against
each other and we know our games so
well. There was also a little bit...
It's a special day for surement I
just want to say thanks to my team.
My family and friends are here. They
are my family too. All my family
came to support me. So it's and you
guys... And yeah, we move on.
as you say, you have plenty of
support here. You talked about the
nerves the other day. You seemed to
play with a lot of ease, but you
played with a lot of variety. What
aspects of your game were you most
pleased with today?
I think my
movement was great. I was putting a
lot of returns back on the court. I
was just believing in my shots, as
simple as that and following my
game. I think the moment you start
over thinking when you play tennis
is the moment you're going to miss
and not play and today was all about
that. I just followed my thoughts
and you know I miss, I miss, on to
the next one. The next thing you
know the match is over. I mean I
felt I could have played more which
is great. Yeah.
Well, just finally, the yes, of
course, it has come up on the big
screen, it means you have qualified
for the semi-finals. You have one
more match to play. How excited are
you to be playing here at the
weekend as well?
Well, that was my
goal. Another step ahead, but still
every match is very important to me.
It doesn't matter if I qualified or
not, I'm just going to follow my
rhythm and follow what I have been
doing right and yeah, keep on
playing. I'm not here just to
participate, I am here to come out
and play game like that, when it
comes to moments like that, I
appreciate it even more.
It was a
special performance today. Well
done, Grigor Dimitrov.
He speaks as well as he plays. He
came out of the blocks firing on all
cylinders, and it was a masterclass
from the young Bulgarian and really
fulfilling his potential and doing
it on a big, big stage and a popular
player around the world. The first
few games, Dimitrov didn't have any
He said with his movement,
the consistency of his hitting, you
just wonder where Goffin was going
to win points. He only one five of
the 21 points in the match. He only
won 21% and Dimitrov was faultless.
He has got different strings to his
bow, but he gave his opponent so
little and it was a clinic out
When you see David Goffin, he
has got the movement, but he is not
able to get to the shots and
Dimitrov was hitting the corners.
Outplayed and he is world-class and
he can go through to the
semi-finals. He has got to pick
himself up. It is good news that
there is a day's rest and hitting a
few balls, buff got to put this
behind you and realise that
sometimes your opponent is too good.
The first set was over so fast,
everything that could have gone
Dimitrov's way, did go his way and
is just on every ball. He is playing
by instinct, he is not looking at
numbers, he is allowing his talent
to flow. He thinks about a lot of
things, a lot of the time and just
playing to play, to just to play to
win and play with joy. This is what
he can produce.
And aumpb when you
have got more strings to your bow,
it takes you time to find out the
correct strategy. Certainly at
Dimitrov's age 26 you really feel he
is putting the pieces of the puzzle
together and today was an excellent
We have talked about the
next gen wondering who was going to
push? Perhaps we expected too much
at 21, 22, 23 years, the players are
getting older. It takes time to
learn how to manage your game and
manage your life off the court.
Grigor is in all the newspapers the
whole time and the gossip columns,
but now, it really looks like it is
about the tennis and he realises he
has got one shot. The next five or
six years will be fascinating
watching his development.
nice for you is seeing him come into
I thought you were going to
say that I bet Goffin in the match.
That was notable to me against
Thiem. 25 times he came in and today
he wasn't as effective. If he can
look to dictate from the back of the
court and finish the point and his
volleying technique is sound, that's
going to be a dangerous weapon for
So many weapons. The serve was
The serve was good and
everything was good and he is
playing with joy, what more can you
wish for? What more can we wish for?
Somebody that's so attractive to
watch on the court is going to play
a big part in this tournament. He
could go ahead and win this now.
guys were talking about the Next Gen
event held in Milan. So many rule
changes, there were shorter sets,
Hawk-Eye, no coaching allowed, it
was fascinating to watch, but what
do the players make of it?
rules are not good. Some rules are
good. The shot clock I really like.
Some players are taking too long
between the points. I think this
would be finished with the shot
In my opinion having a clock,
you cannot have the best shot
possible. That's my feeling. That's
just my personal opinion, but it
will not be a good idea for the
show, but if they want to go
forward, as I say, no, I have 31,
I'm not 18 anymore. I don't get...
In Milan, the scoring system, I
didn't like it as much because the
sets were too short, too quick and
you don't get even a chance
sometimes if you lose your serve you
don't get a chance to come back. So
that's a little bit tricky with the
shot clock I really like it?
Coaching, also not really.
the automatic line calls are great
because then there is no mistakes in
tennis anymore. That's a great
thing. I think the shot clock, if it
gets adjusted, some changes made to
it, I think that has potential.
think it's very interesting to watch
them all and that's what it is there
for is really just to see what is
interesting. What could we learn
from it? The time clock is a good
idea, but do we have to set it in
stone? It becomes quite stressful.
That's why a lot of players were
cramping or feeling stressed about
it. I don't like that every point
counts almost like duvenlt there is
enough pressure moments in a tennis
match. I was enjoying watching the
next generation play in Milan and we
will see when we put everything on
the table and let's pick and choose
what could make the game of tennis
It is interesting. People
want sport to be quicker. It
happened in cricket, and they are
looking at it in tennis and it is
going to have pros and cons.
is debate from the fans and the
players. I thought that event was a
fantastic place to really try some
of these things and there is one
aspect of it, you know, for me on
court coaching is, you know, is a
no, no, one of the great histories
and traditions of the sport is
working it out for yourself when it
is one against one. Automatic line
calling system is interesting. If we
have got the technology I think
Hawk-Eye has been a brilliant
addition because we know how hard it
is to call the lines when the ball
is travelling quickly. This is a
debate that's going to go on and on
and I'm sure some of these things
will be implemented in certain
levels of the games.
One player said
right from the word go, it mattered.
But in this shorter set, you don't?
It was extremely rushed at times,
but they were, even though they got
25 seconds between points, Marin
Cilic is not going to have time to
get the ball bounces in on the
serves. I like the shot clock and I
like the automatic line calls. I
don't there is any need to get rid
of the net cords.
Having said that,
the Hawk-Eye adds drama in a match
when it goes to the screen?
can't inform on you like that line
judge. It is not going to walk over
to the umpire! You would lose the
human interaction. If you feel
that's a negative, you can argue
about that. Getting the calls right
is 100%. I think no ad, not on the
first deuce, might be a nice thing
to do. That would lessen the
accelerated feel a bit. If you look
at viewing figures, they go up
towards the end of sets. If you have
more moments of importance like the
end of sets out there, that has to
be good for tennis as a product, I
can see that come in. Tim will say
not in the Grand Slams because there
is not a problem, and I agree with
It would be difficult to do it
during the year and then you come to
a Grand Slam and the next minute you
are on one lasting four hours?
That's right. You could say the same
in cricket. It has been a success,
Twenty20 works. It is about getting
the balance right and you know let's
not forget that the Grand Slams have
been around for a long, long time,
they are the corner stones of our
sport and there isn't anything wrong
with them and I say if it ain't
broke, don't fix it. In some of the
other events if the 250s want to try
it and if it worked its way through
to 250s, 500s and then we saw it in
Masters 1000s then for sure the
slams will look and say, well this
has been a success, is it going to
be beneficial to our events? I think
there is a real talking point. I was
with the serving aspect the no let,
you can hit a net cord on every
other shot so why can't you hit a
net cord on a serve? Having seen it
and understood how the players dealt
with it, there is an easy one that I
would be probably more inclined to
Halfs amazing was the
talent that is coming through in the
game. We're worrying about the likes
of Roger and Rafa coming to the end
of their career and the injuries
that we have seen, but there is some
bright players coming through?
don't know really know what you're
going to get.
So, players coming through with
charisma and exciting tennis. Maybe
this generation will be the ones
that can replace the box office
From that event there is
almost been too much talk about you
know no ads and the automatic like
scoring system. They are great
players. I remember when the evint
was talked about, there was a
question mark are the guys going to
be ranked 200 to 300, is it going to
have appeal? But those are eight
proper players that are going to be
around for a long time. When there
has been talk about Djokovic, Murray
Alexander Zverev could
have been there, he is hashtag, "I'm
already there, thanks."
The Next Gen
radio extent people's careers. We're
back tomorrow on BBC Two for Roger
Federer against Marin Cilic. Tim
will probably choose Cilic. Today,
it was a masterful performance from
Grigor Dimitrov who sent a message
to the others that he is in form. I
hope you enjoyed it as much as we
did. From all of us here, bye-bye.
Dimitrov victory takes him through
to the semi-finals.
well, really, really well.
Cruising to the semi-finals on
debut. This is amazing. Oh boy. Poor
old Goffin. Dimitrov completes a
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